Finally losing the future tense in ‘You’re going to be a very nice dancer’

breakthrough

Tonight was a real breakthrough for me.

Have you ever made a decision, carried it out and then got immediate and undeniable evidence that you made the right choice? That’s what happened to me tonight …

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A difficult question, that turned out to have a very simple answer

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I posted at length last month about the kind of dancer I want to be, the executive summary of which was:

  • A warm embrace
  • Dancing to the music
  • A clear and comfortable lead
  • A collaborative dance
  • Simple things, done well

That second bullet is key …

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Getting an impromptu class upgrade in Boston

Boston Tango Society

I was spending a couple of days in Boston, and was lucky enough to be upgraded on my flights – but that wasn’t the only upgrade I got. On Wednesday evening, I found myself in an intermediate class for the very first time …

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My nine-month appraisal – a rather different beast to my six-month one

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Three months ago, I gave myself my six-month appraisal, and made what I felt at the time was a level-headed decision:

So I think that’s where I’m at with it. A year of lessons, culminating in a trip to Buenos Aires. If I call it a day at that point, I’ve experienced a whole new world, been able to share in a part of Steph’s universe that was previously unknown to me, made some lovely new friends, and had a glorious adventure. But if I feel that I’ve reached a point where what I do in a milonga feels like dance, then I’ll stick with it.

Nine months in, things look very different …

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Musicality workshop #4 of 4: The emotional and human side of musicality

human musicality

The official title of the final musicality workshop was The freedom of expression. The emotional and the human side of musicality in tango. Olga said last week that it would be all about finding our own personality in the dance.

I’ve written at length about where I think I’m headed, but I was very curious to see what perspectives Olga would offer, and whether that might in any way change my expectations and aspirations …

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More crossed crossing, and some counter-clockwise circling

crossing

I was feeling relaxed about tonight’s improver class, as the cross in cross system was essentially working yesterday (when I remembered to do the leader-only weight-change, doh!). So tonight would be a chance to work on my technique.

After that, my plan was an hour’s dance in the milonga, then trying to recruit a few volunteers to help me practice my giros in the practica from 9pm …

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The cross in cross system, without getting cross

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As I started doing the improver as well as beginner classes at some random point in the cycle last time, there are things in the improver class I’ve done before, and other things I haven’t. The cross in cross system is one of the latter.

I wasn’t wildly optimistic, for a couple of reasons …

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